I think everyone on this forum wants to protect the environment. It’s important. But one thing many growers out there (not just cannabis growers) don’t seem to recognize is that wildlands are good for humanity as a whole. Wild species (like Ruderalis) provide genetic variety and have saved many crop species from extinction by pathogen.
One thing I expect to see in my lifetime is the end of the Cavendish banana. Most bananas available in stores today are Cavendish bananas, and they’re all made via cloning. The result is that new pathogens are wiping out banana plantations today. But wild bananas (and other cultivars) could save the Cavendish (or bring a new variety along).
We might see new pathogens for cannabis pop up one day. And if that happens, let’s hope there’s still wild species out there.